Local taxi drivers feel the sting of rising gas prices

With gas prices on the rise, many taxi companies in southwestern Connecticut say it is starting to impact their income.Taxi companies say they don't want

NORWALK - With gas prices on the rise, many taxi companies in southwestern Connecticut say it is starting to impact their income.

Taxi companies say they don't want to increase fares to off-set the cost of fuel, so instead they have been seeing a sharp reduction in their take-home pay.

One driver says that the rising gas prices now leaves him with a salary of just $60 a day.  Another driver says he now spends an extra $100 a month on gas.

Dispatchers say drivers usually need to respond to 25-30 calls a day to make ends meet.  However, with gas prices rising as quickly as they are, they say they'll need to increase the number to around 40.

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